Friday, June 22, 2007
The Melaka Historical City Council should go a further mile by lighting up strategic historical sites around the city. Flood lights mounted at these sites can create and enhance the value of these sites. Sites like the Stadthuys, A Famosa, Istana, St.Peter's Church, Cheng Hoon Teng Temple, Kampung Hulu mosque, Poh San Teng etc. can be made to "glow" at night from 7.00pm until mid-night from Fridays to Sundays. By doing so,these sites can attract visitors to visit them at night.
At the same time, webcams should be installed around these areas for people around the world to view them via the Internet. With cheaper broadband internet connections, it is now inexpensive to install such webcams. They can help promote Melaka to the world.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
20th. June 2007
In 2003, the foundations of “Bastion”, part of the walls of the Fortress Melaka was discovered during the development of the Dataran Pahlawan in Melaka. Located just a stone throw from Melaka only remaining gateway, “A Famosa”, it was an important discovery.
In November 2006, while the Melaka Government was building the 120 meters high “Melaka Tower” project just inside the heritage zone besides the Melaka river, the piles of the tower hit something hard below the ground. Only upon excavation, the workers discovered the walls and foundations of the tower “Middleburgh”. This tower was built by the Dutch to monitor the movement of trading boats into and out of the Melaka river.
This new discovery was so important that the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage has alloted more than RM 12 million to excavate and do research of this new founding. Plans were revealed to re-construct at least half of the 1.3 km long perimeter walls of the Melaka fortress walls.
If this plan succeeds, the re-constructed walls of A Famosa, will benefit Malaccans and visitors to Melaka. The former HSBC Bank Building will be used to house a museum that will hold relics and highlight the walls. The re-constructed walls will allow visitors to walk above ground and feel how the walls were in yesteryears. It may not be the Great Wall of China but we have the Walls of A Famosa and it will add to the importance of Melaka in her quest to be listed as one of the heritage cities in UNESCO List.
The walls were important in the defence of Melaka from 16th. to the early 19th. Century. It was first built by the Portuguese a year after capturing Melaka in 1511. Ironically, these walls prevented the Sultan of Melaka to re-capture Melaka and it was then reinforced and expanded by the Dutch after 1642.
Only in early 1800’s, during the brief stay of the English in Melaka, orders were given out to destroy the walls. The English wanted to destroy the walls so that Melaka defences will be weakened as they were promoting Penang as their centre then. It was Sir Stamford Raffles, founder of Singapore, who was recuperating in Melaka then, saw the folly of destroying these walls. He wrote a letter to Lord Minto in India against the destruction of the walls. However, by the time when Raffles idea was agreed by Lord Minto, only the Gateway of A Famosa remained. Since then, this gateway has been the most photographed and recognised symbol of Melaka
I am for one in favour of rebuilding the walls eventhough it will be a part of the great fortress surrounding Bukit Melaka. Wouldn’t it be wonderful that we can walk on these walls if they are completed by 2012, 500 years after her creation?Melaka used to be called the “Sleepy Hollow” when nothing happens in Melaka but her past now is benefiting Melaka and Malaccans in particular. Her history and relics are now invaluable heritage for the future generations.Surely, Melaka has arisen from her deep slumber.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Malaccans used to enjoy the morning and evening seabreezes along the Esplanade at Bandar Hilir in 1960s and 1970s. We can view the lovely sun sets as the sun goes down the horizon of the Straits of Malacca. Early birds in the morning enjoy their morning walks and do their exercise along this Esplanade. After their routine, they can enjoy their breakfasts along the stalls at "Gluttons Corner".
In the evenings, Malaccans enjoy their evening walks when the cool evening breeze head to sea and watch the sun goes down the horizon. Then, they can enjoy their dinners at Esplanade.
Sadly, the Esplanade was lost forever when the sea front was reclaimed in late 1980s. On this reclaimed land, Melaka Raya and Mahkota Parade was built.
Malaccans will love to get back their lost Esplanade. The new Esplanade will be good to Melaka as it will be another added tourism attraction to visitors and locals alike.
The location of this new Esplanade can be resurrected at Pulau Melaka beside the Mosque. What is need is for the Melaka Historical City Council to construct a walk path, plant shady trees and have some concrete benches along the seafront. Once these infrastructure is done, it is a matter of time that Malaccans will know that the new Esplanade is back for all to enjoy. Very soon, economic activities such as restaurants, food stalls and others will populate Pulau Melaka.
Malaccans and visitors can also visit,Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com for latest news and happenings in Melaka.
WELCOME / SELAMAT DATANG
Welcome to very own Tourism Melaka Blogspot. This blog was created to compliment our Tourism Melaka website at www.tourism-melaka.com. By having this blog, we can suggest own ideas and receive feedback from visitors on how we can put on our thinking caps together and promote Melaka to the World.
Melaka over her 600 years of history, has seen her golden years and her turbulent years. Melaka was the cradle of Malay civilisation and through Melaka, Islam spread in South-east Asia. Due to her strategic location and a trading hub in 16th. Century for spices and other sought-after commodities, she encountered the Portuguese, the Dutch, the English and Japanese before securing her future in Malaya in 1957 and in Malaysia in 1963.
Her long history has created a melting pot of people, cultures, cuisines and languages and different races have lived together since Independence in 1957 as Malaysians.
We, at Tourism Melaka, are keen to share our thoughts and views on how Melaka can progress onwards. We should build on what we have and conserve them for the future of our generations to come. These can be buildings, trades, languages, traditions, cuisines and cultures each race hold dearly to. At the same time, we should also share our unique possessions and hospitality for all visitors to Melaka in particular and in Malaysia in general.
Similarly, readers of our blogs are invited to pen their views and comments on these blogs so that others can read and share their thoughts. Together, we can make the difference.
We hope you enjoy our Tourism Melaka Blogspot.